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Title: A Practical Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in Clinical Practice: A 1-Day Professional Workshop
Date: Friday September 30, 2016; Saturday, October 1, 2016
 8:30am – 3:30pm; Networking from 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Location: The Waddington Room – Fairmont Hotel, Downtown Vancouver, BC (September 30); Thompson Rivers University – TRU Conference Centre – Alpine Room 130, Kamloops, BC (October 1)
CECs Awarded: 6

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Description: Acceptance and mindfulness-based practices are rapidly making their way into mental health care, medicine, and society both to alleviate human suffering and nurture psychological health and wellness.  This body of work also offers a fresh perceptive on psychological suffering and a set of powerful clinical strategies that support meaningful life changes.   In this workshop, we will learn about one particular approach and set of practices based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (or ACT, said as one word).

ACT is a newer third-generation evidence-based behavior therapy that balances mindfulness and acceptance processes with commitment and behavior change processes to (a) weaken the unhelpful influence of thoughts and emotional avoidance in guiding actions, while (b) promoting greater experiential and psychological flexibility in the service of (c) valued ends.  It is both a form of therapy and an approach to living well, with evidence showing that it is useful for many forms of psychological and emotional suffering.  In short, ACT teaches clients how to be with their hurts and do what works – to live well, richly, and meaningfully, without first having to defeat sources of emotional and psychological pain.

This 1-day workshop will introduce ACT, both as a model and intervention technology, and illustrate its use across a broad set of problem areas that are commonly seen in mental health settings (e.g., anxiety, depression, anger).  The workshop will include a rich mix of didactic teachings, live and video demonstrations, and practical experiential exercises that will be done individually, in dyads, and small groups. Clinical worksheets and other practical tools will be provided.

Presenters: John P. Forsyth, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized author, speaker, and trainer in the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with mental health professionals and the general public. For over 20 years, his work has focused on developing ACT and mindfulness practices to alleviate human suffering, awaken the human spirit, and to nurture psychological health and vitality.  His personal journey and experience, balanced with practical insights grounded in scientific evidence, offers hope to those wishing to find a path out of suffering and into wholeness.

He has written several popular ACT books, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Anxiety Disorders (for mental health professionals), and three self-help books for the public:  The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety, and ACT on Life, Not on Anger, and Your Life on Purpose.  His latest ACT informed book, The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety, 2nd ed., was released in June 2016.

John holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, and is a Professor of Psychology and Director the Anxiety Disorders Research Program at the University at Albany, SUNY in Upstate New York. He is a licensed clinical psychologist in New York, with expertise in the science and practical application of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for several forms of psychological and emotional suffering.  He is also widely sought after ACT trainer and consultant, maintains an active research program, and serves as a senior editor of the ACT book series with New Harbinger Publications.

John regularly gives talks and workshops to the public and professionals in the United States and abroad, and offers ACT trainings at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, NY and at The Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA where he serves as a member of the teaching faculty.

He is known to infuse his teaching and trainings with energy, humility and compassion, and his down-to earth workshops are consistently praised for their clarity, depth and utility.

Collectively, his work has helped foster growing interest in acceptance and mindfulness in psychology, mental health, medicine, and society.


Jamie R. Forsyth, M.A. is a gifted clinician and clinical supervisor, with extensive expertise the application of ACT with severe forms of mental illness (e.g., psychosis and personality disorders) and forms of psychological suffering in inpatient, outpatient, and college mental health settings. Beyond ACT, Jamie is a skillful researcher and clinician, with specialized knowledge in relational and process-oriented therapeutic work, addictions, motivational interviewing, including mindfulness and self-compassion practices.

Jamie holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University at Albany, SUNY. She is a Doctoral Fellow at Union College, where she offers ACT-based outpatient psychotherapy to college students presenting with psychological and behavioral challenges. Her clinical work, grounded in evidence-based practices, offers unique insights into the subtle nuances of ACT as it unfolds in clinical practice. Jamie is also actively engaged in the dissemination of ACT and mindfulness practices within her college community and, along with her husband John, co-leads ACT workshops in the United States and internationally.  Jamie is also a member of the teaching faculty at The Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA.

Although ACT is her primary theoretical orientation, Jamie draws upon relational and psychodynamic theories to help create a holistic person-centered approach to treatment. Her clinical wisdom, coupled with the depth and scope of her knowledge and skills, bridges various approaches and streams of practice within an ACT point of view.